Did you have big travel ideas when planning your vacation for this year? As you’re probably aware, thousands of travel plans have been canceled, suspended, and left up in the air due to the coronavirus pandemic. With many of us unsure of when we’ll be able to visit far off places or even visit relatives overseas, it’s a worrying and incredibly frustrating time.
It’s safe to say that even when travel does return to some sort of normality, we won’t really know what international travel will look like and what permanent changes (if any) we’ll be expected to adjust to. Even though international travel is currently suspended and advised against, there’s no reason why we can’t look ahead and start planning your vacation travel in a post-covid-19 world.
Making plans now gives you more time to organize your vacation, pay for it in full, and make other arrangements should you need to. Here we’ll explore some pandemic factors to consider when planning your next vacation.
Get to know your consumer rights.
If you’re planning to travel as soon as restrictions are eased, then it’s worth getting to grips with your consumer rights. Or, if your current travel plans have been disrupted, you may be wondering where to turn. To help you better understand your consumer rights, Creditfix have come up with a helpful infographic. This details everything you need to know about obtaining a refund and what to do if your holiday provider goes into administration. Understanding your consumer rights will give you peace of mind and make the process of getting your money back much smoother.
Decide how you’re going to travel.
Depending on where you are, when it comes to travel, you could have several options. From flights and ferries to a potential combination of driving and flying? When it comes to Covid-19 social distancing is key, so if you’re hoping to travel as safely as possible, then driving to your destination and turning your journey into more of a road trip could be the right choice for you. If flying is your only choice, make sure you regularly check the requirements and travel regulations set out by your airline provider.
What about accommodation?
Again, this depends on the kind of holiday you’re hoping for. Some can take solace because good hotels come with stringent cleaning policies, and many will have upped their game since the covid crisis began. However, others may be less inclined to spend time in crowded hotel foyers, elevators, and other hotel facilities. Other options include self-catering properties – an ideal option for those wanting to reduce the amount of contact they have with others, and even staying in your very own RV could be an option!
And finally, remember you may have to make allowances.
As we don’t know when things will return to normal, you may discover that some of your preferred activities or even holiday pastimes are currently unavailable. Maybe the restaurant you always dine in on the first night is no longer open for business, or perhaps the spa and the pool bar aren’t currently available to guests. Some simple research before you travel will help protect you from disappointment when planning your vacation during the pandemic.
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